On May 10, 2012, Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the Great Hall of the People.
Li said that Colombia is an important country in Latin America with remarkable resource endowments and geographical advantages. Both countries share broad common interests. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two sides have been expanding in the political, economic, cultural and other fields with close coordination in international and regional affairs. Both sides have become good friends and good partners with mutual trust.
Vice Premier Li said that China's current 12th Five-Year Plan will stimulate domestic consumption and create business opportunities for bilateral cooperation. The Chinese side attaches great importance to developing relations with Colombia and is willing to continue to work together with Colombia to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and well implement the cooperation agreements signed by the two sides. Li called on the two states to enhance political dialogue to guide the development of the ties, deepen pragmatic cooperation in economy, trade, investment and finance, balance two-way trade, study the possibility of signing the bilateral free trade agreement and provide more safe and convenient environment for cooperation between businesses. Both sides should also facilitate cultural exchanges, increase people-to-people contact, and keep closer cooperation in international affairs to safeguard common interests.
Santos said his country attaches great importance to developing relations with China and is full of confidence in the development of bilateral relations. He said Colombia is willing to be China's long-term cooperative partner, expand cooperation in all areas and welcomes Chinese companies to invest in his country. Colombia will play an active role in promoting relations between Latin America and China, said the president.